Parks and Playgrounds

Park Bookings

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Parks are an excellent location for events and activities from the annual Community and Kite Festival to the casual barbecue.

The annual Community and Kite Festival, Movies in the Park, Carols in All Nations are just a few of our events hosted in our local parks.

If you are interested in organising a large event in one of Darebin's parks, you need to download, complete and submit the Event Proposal Form for Council approval.

Bookings are not required for picnic areas, shelters or discrete areas of the park.

Further Information
Darebin Parks
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

Personal training permit applications 
Personal trainers, fitness instructors and dog obedience trainers must obtain a permit to conduct business in Darebin parks and reserves. Permits are free (except for areas which are designated Crown Land), and are valid for a 12 month period. To apply:

  1. Read our Recreational Trades in Open Space Policy
  2. Download and complete the application form
  3. Submit your form, along with the required documentation via post or email.

Please note: Completion of an application form does not guarantee availability of booking request. 

Hot air balloon launch/landing permit applications
All hot air balloon operators must obtain a permit to launch and land in Darebin. Permitted locations are Mayer Park (Normanby Ave, Northcote) and CT Barling Reserve (Plenty Rd, Reservoir). Permits do attract a fee and are valid for a 12 month period. To apply:

  1. Read our Recreational Trades in Open Space Policy
  2. Download and complete the application form
  3. Submit your form, along with the required documentation via post or email.

Please note: Completion of an application form does not guarantee availability of booking request. 

Further Information
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au

Top Parks and Playgrounds

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A series of recommended parks and playgrounds for a range of ages, interests and activities to help you explore the extensive parklands available in Darebin.
Darebin's Newest Parks and Playspaces

Top Parks for Accessibility
Darebin has a series of playspaces that cater to children of all abilities with sealed paths, sound play, tactile play and specially selected equipment:

Top Parks for Youth
You’re not a kid any more, we get that. Here are some spaces designed especially for teens that may strike your fancy:

Top Parks for Getting Active
Looking for somewhere to exercise and get active? Visit these Parks for free and flexible exercise options:

Top Parks for Public Art
If sculpture is your thing visit our impressive art pieces in parks:

Top Dog Off-Lead Parks
Dogs can run free in this fully fenced dog agility park:

  • Bundoora Park - Vehicle access and street parking via Curtain Street, Bundoora

Further Information
Customer Service
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: publicrealm@darebin.vic.gov.au

 

Parks List

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The Parks and Reserves Directory provides locations and details of each park in Darebin, including public toilets, dog and cat friendly areas, sports facilities, BBQ facilities, disability access, shelter and seating, public transport and parking.

You can also search the Parks and Reserves Directory by suburb or by functionality.

Parks and Reserves Directory

Parks & Reserves A-Z
We have created a Parks and Reserves A-Z list so you can select a park from the list and view the park's facilities including accessibility, playgrounds, sporting equipment, conservation areas and more.

 SUBURB

PARK NAME

 PETS IN PARKS

 Alphington

 Breavington Reserve

 

 Alphington

 Broomfield Reserve

 

 Alphington

 Darebin Parklands

 Off Lead Area Map

 Alphington

 Pitcher Park

 

 Bundoora

 Bundoora Park - Coopers Settlement

 

 Bundoora

 Bundoora Park Oval

 

 Bundoora  Bundoora Parklands  Off Lead Area Map

 Bundoora

 Gresswell Forest Nature Conservation Reserve

 

 Bundoora

 Gresswell Grange Lakes

 

 Bundoora

 Gresswell Grange Reserve

 

 Bundoora

 Gresswell Habitat Link

 

 Bundoora

 Gresswell Hill

 

 Bundoora

 Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 Bundoora

 Mount Cooper Reserve

 

 Bundoora

 Sugargum Drive Park

 

 Bundoora

 Summerhill Rise Park

 

 Bundoora

 Warramunga Reserve

 

 Fairfield

 FIDO Park

 

 Fairfield

 McGregor Reserve

 

 Fairfield

 Susan Walsh Reserve

 

 Kingsbury

 Arch Gibson Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Kingsbury  C.W. Kirkwood Reserve  Off Lead Area Map

 Kingsbury

 John Hall Reserve

 

 Kingsbury

 Judith Scott Memorial Park

 

 Kingsbury  K.P. Hardiman Reserve  Off Lead Area Map

 Kingsbury

 Link Reserve

 

 Kingsbury

 Parkhaven Estate Reserve

 

 Kingsbury

 Scott Reserve

 

 Macleod

 Cherry Street Reserve

 

 Macleod

 Forensic Drive Reserve

 

 Northcote

 All Nations Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Northcote

 Allan Sheppard Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Baden Morgan Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Batman Park

 

 Northcote

 Bill Lawry Oval

 

 Northcote

 Derby Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Grovesland Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Helen Street Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Johnson Park

 

 Northcote

 McAdam Reserve

 

 Northcote

 McDonell Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Northcote

 Merri Common

 

 Northcote

 Merri Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Northcote

 Northcote Community Gardens and Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Northcote Park

 

 Northcote

 Oldis Gardens

 

 Northcote

 Peters Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Rubie Thomson Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Spencer Reserve

 

 Northcote

 Stott Reserve

 

 Preston  Adams Reserve  Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 A.G Davis Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 A.H Capp Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 Asling Reserve

 

 Preston

 C.H. Sullivan Memorial Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 G.H. Mott Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 Greenbelt Reserve

 

 Preston

 H. Swain Reserve

 

 Preston

 H.P. Zwar Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 Highview Reserve

 

 Preston

 J.S. Grey Reserve

 

 Preston

 L.W. Williams Reserve

 

 Preston

 Lahinch Reserve

 

 Preston

 Newman Reserve

 

 Preston

 Nisbett Reserve

 

 Preston

 Paywitt Reserve

 

 Preston

 Preston City Oval

 

 Preston

 Ray Bramham Gardens

 

 Preston

 T.A. Cochrane Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 T.W. Blake Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 W.H. Robinson Reserve

 

 Preston

 W.K. Larkins Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 W.R. Ruthven V.C. Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Preston

 Walsh Reserve

 

 Preston

 Walter Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Allan Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 B.T. Connor Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 Beenak/McMahon Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 C.T. Barling Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 Central Creek Grasslands

 

 Reservoir

 Clements Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Crispe Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 D.R. Atkinson Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 Daleglen Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Doug Hannan Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Edwardes Lake Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 F.G. Pike Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Foch Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Frank A.A. Dunstan Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Fyfe Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 G.E. Robinson Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 Hillcroft Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Horton Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Howard Mendip Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 I.W. Dole Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 J.C. Donath Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 J.E. Moore Park

 

 Reservoir

 L.E. Cotchin Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Reservoir

 Leslie Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Ludeman Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 McComas Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Progress Park

 

 Reservoir

 Ruthven Primary School Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 San Leandro Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Shand Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Storey Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 T.W. Andrews Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Tracey Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Vale Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Whitby Reserve

 

 Reservoir

 Wilson Boulevard Park

 

 Reservoir

 Wright Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Alan Bird Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Andrew Boyd Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Bracken Avenue Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Clyde Jones Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 H.L.T. Oulton Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Thornbury

 Harry Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Hayes Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Thornbury

 Henderson Reserve

 Off Lead Area Map

 Thornbury

 John Cain Memorial Park D.I.S.C.

 

 Thornbury

 Jones Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Mayer Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Thornbury

 Olver Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Pearl Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Penders Park

 Off Lead Area Map

 Thornbury

 Roberts Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Sir Douglas Nicholls Oval

 

 Thornbury

 Strettle Wetland Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Turner Reserve

 

 Thornbury

 Woolhouse Playground

 

 Various

 Darebin Creek

 

 Various

 Edgars Creek

 

 Various  Merri Creek  

Parks & Reserves Maps

Find out where you can walk your dog off the lead, if there are walking or cycling tracks nearby, barbecue facilities and more:

  • Parks Map: a map of all parks in the City of Darebin and where they are located
  • Discover Darebin Guide: a comprehensive map of outdoor facilities in the City of Darebin
  • Darebin Places Guide: find the location of local parks via an interactive mapping system
Pets in Parks
When you are taking your pet to a park:
  • Ensure dogs are on-lead within 5 metres of shared paths, playgrounds, public BBQ's and sports grounds
  • Dogs must be on-lead when approaching the off-lead area, including any car parks
  • Consider other park users and ensure that dogs are kept under effective control
  • Restrain your dog if asked and do not allow it to become a nuisance to other
  • Dogs may access the creek if in an off-lead area
  • Minimise any disturbance to creek banks and creatures who live there

Park and Playground Upgrades

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There are a number of current and proposed park and playground projects around Darebin.

Woolhouse Reserve Playspace Upgrade
Works to upgrade the playspace at Woolhouse Reserve (corner of Woolhouse Street and Beavers Road, Northcote) will begin mid July 2017. The works will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete, weather permitting, and the playspace will be closed off for the duration of the works. The nearest alternatives are at Batman Park or Merri Park or visit our parks list for other park locations.

Robinson/Capp Reserves Master Plan Implementation 
Stage 2 upgrades of the W.H. Robinson and A.H. Capp Reserves Master Plan will commence in June 2017. Stage 1 is complete, works included the installation of an outdoor gym and a revitalised playspace.

Works forming part of the Stage 2 upgrade, as previously consulted in 2015 and 2016, include the following:

  • Higher fence replacement (completed in January 2017)
  • Picnic area, including a shelter, picnic tables, custom seating and BBQs
  • Shared path relocation to create a conflict-free connection between the picnic area and playspace.

All Nations South Playspace Upgrade
An upgrade to the All Nations Park (South) Playspace (Breavington Way, Northcote) is well underway and is due to be completed by mid-June 2017. The new playspace concept plan is available here

Merrilands Community Centre Playspace Upgrade
An upgrade to the Merrilands Community Centre Playspace (Corner Hughes Parade and Asquith Street, Reservoir) is well underway and is due to be completed by mid-June 2017. Click to view the aerial site plan for the playspace and the playground equipment

Bill Lawry oval and Oldis Gardens Master Plan Development
Following the adoption of the Bill Lawry Oval and Oldis Gardens master plan on 5 December 2016, we can begin to plan projects to improve the landscaping, social spaces and connectivity between both sites and the surrounding area.

Friends of Bill Lawry Oval and Oldis Gardens
In early 2017 we will hold an information session for anyone interested in forming a Friends group for these parks. To register your interest, send an email to PublicPlaces@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Edwardes Lake Park Master Plan development
We are creating a new master plan to help guide future improvements at Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir. We gathered many of your great suggestions and ideas which will now be considered in preparing a draft master plan, scheduled for release in March 2017.

Maintenance
Darebin boasts beautiful parklands for its residents and visitors use and enjoyment. To ensure our parklands and reserves remain in great condition, regular maintenance is carried out including litter collection, mowing of lawns and removal of weeds. In addition, regular upgrades and improvements ensure a safe and visually pleasing place to visit. Maintenance of various parklands, conservation bushlands, landscaped areas and sporting grounds includes regular;

  • Grass mowing
  • Litter removal
  • Weed removal
  • Playground inspection and maintenance as required
Design
Each year Council’s capital works budget provides for upgrades and improvements of existing open space and is guided by our Open Space Strategy.

Further Information
Public Places team
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: PublicPlaces@darebin.vic.gov.au


Batman Park Master Plan Implementation
Works have been ongoing at Batman Park (corner of St Georges & Arthurton Rd, Northcote) in line with key actions identified in the Draft Batman Park Landscape Upgrade Plan. As part of these works, a low fence has been installed on the road facing sides of the park, new furniture has been installed, and the BBQ, toilet block and footpath have been upgraded. All existing garden beds have also been replanted. Upcoming works will include refurbishing the existing rock walls.